Elizabeth City State University continues to be recognized among the region's best
public colleges. The newly released rankings in U.S. News & World Report magazine's
"2013 Best Colleges" places ECSU third among the "Top Public Schools Regional Colleges
(South)." It also ranked the 121-year-old institution as 20th among the Best Historically
Black Colleges and 30th among all colleges - public and private - in the South.
Dr. Ali Khan, ECSU's provost and vice chancellor for the Division of Academic Affairs,
said the rating reflects an understanding of the quality of the university's faculty,
staff and students.
"We are certainly pleased with our ranking as third among top public schools in the
South. It is based on our overall performance and reputation," he said. "There are
over 100 schools in this category. Clearly, this places us among the most productive
and competitive academic programs. The reputation of our institution matters and carries
weight. It will definitely impact the student selectivity, retention and graduation
As part of its annual guide, U.S. News & World Report ranks colleges and universities
across the nation in several categories based on up to 16 indicators of academic excellence.
Among those indicators are freshman retention rates, student graduation rates and
the high school class standing and SAT or ACT test scores of its entering students.
The strength of the faculty also is factored in, along with information about the
institution's financial resources and rate of alumni giving.
U.S. News & World Report also conducted a separate peer survey, asking institutions
within the same category to rank one another. The results of the survey, done in spring
2012, helped to produce rankings for about 1,400 colleges and universities.
According to the annual guide, the nation's top Historically Black Colleges and Universities
(HBCUs) are an increasingly appealing option for applicants of all races. Many HBCUs,
in fact, are actively recruiting Hispanic, international and white students in addition
to the African-American high school grads heading to college in record numbers.
To be part of the "Best Black Colleges" category, an institution has to be designated
currently by the U.S. Department of Education as an HBCU, a status created as part
of the federal Higher Education Act of 1965. Additionally, the college must be a baccalaureate-granting
institution that enrolls primarily first-year, first-time students and must also have
been part of this year's Best Colleges process. Eighty HBCUs were eligible to be ranked.
"Of the HBCUs ranked, we are proud to be ranked among the top 20," Khan said. "ECSU
offers a diverse selection of majors that well prepares students to serve the state
and the nation. Through the dedication of our staff, faculty, alumni, trustees and
other supporters, ECSU continues to be a special and an affordable place for students
to learn and grow."